Tag Archives: Documentary

Review in Brief: The Great Hack (2019)

Conceptually, theoretically, THE GREAT HACK is essential viewing for everyone who uses social media. The big question presented at the top is “How did the dream of a connected world tear us apart?”. I found it very irritating that they … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Knock Down The House

Why is American politics so fascinating? Because it’s a real event. KOCK DOWN THE HOUSE is also one hell of an underdog story. The ideal candidate, and the only one with any real chance of success against an entrenched New … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Last Breath (2019)

There’s some really good non-fiction on Netflix. I had to watch LAST BREATH in three sittings to avoid bringing on an anxiety attack, it’s that intense. As told by the survivors, this documentary with reconstructed elements follows a 2012 deep … Continue reading

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Review: Amazing Grace (2018/19)

This might be stating the obvious but Aretha Franklin had a voice that made you sit up and take notice. I don’t think I’d ever watched extended footage of her singing live. AMAZING GRACE, the salvaged footage of an abandoned … Continue reading

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

This isn’t just another war documentary, it’s an important historical document. Despite the upsetting imagery, I sincerely hope it’s shown in schools to acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War’s end. Peter Jackson has really pulled out the stops … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Director and the Jedi (2018)

Whatever you thought about EPISODE VIII (and whether or not you need to get over yourself), behind-the-scenes documentary THE DIRECTOR AND THE JEDI brings chills (Frank Oz taking up the Yoda puppet again) and tears (filming Carrie Fisher and Mark … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND is a must-see for fans of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and especially Milos Forman’s superlative oddball biopic MAN ON THE MOON. Impossible as he’s shown to be going “method” throughout filming, the only thing … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The First Film (2015)

Boast time: I’ve met David Wilkinson. He gave  a guest lecture on film distribution while I was studying Film at university. As a fellow Yorkshireman, I wanted him to be right about the first film being produced in this great … Continue reading

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Review: Notes on Blindness (2016)

If you are able, stop what you are doing right now and go watch NOTES ON BLINDNESS. It is a sublime, painfully moving, almost religious experience. While it draws influence from many a source, you’ve never seen a documentary quite … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Supersonic (2016)

I like Oasis as a band, I don’t love them. Both Gallaghers are magnetic, but incredibly abrasive personalities. SUPERSONIC is Oasis in their own words, so you do get the arguments and the clashes, but no major revelations. “Liam’s got … Continue reading

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